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Comments for Book Blogger Hop for July 22, 2011

Book Blogger Hop for July 22, 2011: 07/21/11

Book Blogger HopThis week we're asked which genre we'd like to more interested in but just can't. I have two: historical fiction and romances. I like history. I like fiction. But for the most part, when the two are put together something happens and reading becomes a chore. I'm okay with historical fiction set in the 19th and 20th centuries but go farther back than that and my eyes start to glaze over. It doesn't happen every time, of course, but frequently. I much prefer to read old contemporary fiction. Meaning, if I want to read a book set in the 1600s, I read a book that was written in the 1600s.

The second no-go genre for me is romance. The even sillier thing about it, is, my husband reads more romance than he does. He owns a number of Harlequins from their fantasy imprint. Shamefully, I sometimes tease him when I catch him reading a Harlequin. As a teen I read a bunch of romances. My mother was going through a phase where she reading them and when we'd go on family car trips I'd borrow her romances as I ran out of my own stuff to read. By college though I was moved out of the house and no longer had a reason to borrow romances. Nor did I feel compelled to read any. My husband keeps offering his collection but I haven't said yes yet.

Since last week's pie chart about where I get my books was so popular, I thought I'd share what types of books I do read. I pulled the categories from the blog. I'm not calling them genres because there's a lot of crossover. Some of my categories are age specific while others are proper genres. As with last week's chart, this chart only reflects the reviews for 2011. I have primarily reviewed picture books, science fiction / fantasy, non-fiction and middle grade / YA.

Percentages by type of book

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Comment #1: Friday, July, 22, 2011 at 02:59:43

Holjo @ Pedantic Phooka

Hi there, I'm hopping through & following you.
Have a great weekend!



Comment #2: Friday, July 22, 2011 at 11:50:25

Pussreboots

Welcome to my blog.



Comment #3: Friday, July, 22, 2011 at 03:26:22

Jennifer

Tell your husband I admire his brave choices. The only Harlequins I've ever read came free in a bag of chips.



Comment #4: Friday, July 22, 2011 at 11:51:32

Pussreboots

They're imprints from Harlequin ... fantasy romance books. I call them his "Barbie" books because every cover looks like it has a Barbie doll on it.



Comment #5: Friday, July, 22, 2011 at 04:02:52

Kyanara from Laced Little Muffin's reading corner

Hi,

Stopping by for the blog hop.
Have a wonderfull weekend!



Comment #6: Friday, July 22, 2011 at 11:52:40

Pussreboots

Welcome to my blog.



Comment #7: Friday, July, 22, 2011 at 08:08:47

Stormi

Cool chart! That is sort of funny that your husband reads romances, I don't know many guys who do...lol :) I like romance but I can't read it one after another after another like I use to when I was a teen.



Comment #8: Friday, July 22, 2011 at 11:52:40

Pussreboots

I know a couple other guys who read romances but they stick with chicklit and the occassional YA romance.



Comment #9: Friday, July, 22, 2011 at 08:30:57

TC

I'm not really a romance fan either, don't mind it as a subplot but after ODing on Mills & Boon as a teen I think I can stay well away for a while.



Comment #10: Friday, July 22, 2011 at 11:58:23

Pussreboots

I understand completely.



Comment #11: Friday, July, 22, 2011 at 09:01:18

Shirley Deeds

Great chart. I think mine would be considerably different. I'm currently on a roll with paranormal romance. I read a lot of YA fantasy fiction too.



Comment #12: Friday, July 22, 2011 at 12:00:30

Pussreboots

I'm making an effort to read more YA this year.



Comment #13: Friday, July, 22, 2011 at 09:09:13

Bookworm1858

That's really funny that your husband reads more romance than you do-to each his own!



Comment #14: Friday, July 22, 2011 at 12:01:30

Pussreboots

When my son was little we too him to a book store. On one side were the adventure stories / mystery / thriller section... with decidely masculine covers. The other side were the pastel covers of the romances. My son pointed to the blue books and said, "those are Mama's books." Then he pointed to the pastel books and said, "Those are Daddy's books."



Comment #15: Friday, July, 22, 2011 at 10:05:30

Tiger Holland

Love the pie chart! Very creative. And that's pretty funny about your husband's reading preferences. :-)



Comment #16: Friday, July 22, 2011 at 12:13:00

Pussreboots

It's a big part of why I love him.



Comment #17: Friday, July, 22, 2011 at 11:13:45

Jenni Elyse

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Your pie chart is really interesting. I would've never guessed that picture books would be your top. Do you have small children that you read to? Is that why?



Comment #18: Friday, July 22, 2011 at 12:14:11

Pussreboots

My youngest is in kindergarten. A lot of this year's picture books are a result of me being in library science school. I took a class about reading materials for ages 5 to 8 and picture books were a big part of the course work.



Comment #19: Friday, July, 22, 2011 at 11:14:35

Dee

ooo! Nice chart, and I totally get you on the romances :D I still read some, but nothing set earlier than 18th century..I'd love to read 16th century contemporary fiction tho! Thanks for the visit



Comment #20: Friday, July 22, 2011 at 12:15:11

Pussreboots

Don Quixote's contemporary 17th century fiction. Shakespeare covers the end of the 16th century.



Comment #21: Friday, July, 22, 2011 at 11:31:10

Grace

Hi from the Hop! Thanks for stopping by my blog! I am your newest follower. Have a great weekend!



Comment #22: Friday, July 22, 2011 at 12:17:13

Pussreboots

Welcome to my blog.



Comment #23: Friday, July, 22, 2011 at 14:38:27

Nerd Girls

Thanks for stopping by our blog!

That's a pretty neat pie chart. I've not ever really been a fan of manga but maybe it's just because I don't know which ones are good lol.

Jenny



Comment #24: Friday, July 22, 2011 at 12:19:43

Pussreboots

Manga and graphic novels have as many genres as traditional fiction. So you need to find manga series or graphic novels that align with what you normally like to read.



Comment #25: Friday, July, 22, 2011 at 18:16:05

Brooke

Thanks for hopping by the blog this weekend! I prefer to look at the covers of harlequins and leave it at that. There are some hilarious covers!



Comment #26: Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 15:21:21

Pussreboots

I have giggled at many of the covers of the books my husband reads.



Comment #27: Friday, July, 22, 2011 at 18:40:27

DJL

First off, I love your pie charts. They really tell a lot about you and your reading choices. :)

And actually, I cannot read straight-up romance either. I'm not sure what is so appealing about the addition paranormal/supernatural/fantasy element to it that makes some titles readable for me. On the other hand, I do like some historical fiction such as Sherry Garland's Indio or Lucia St. Clair Robson's Ride the Wind. They just appeal to me. :) Thank you for visiting!



Comment #28: Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 15:23:24

Pussreboots

I will take a look at the books you've mentioned.



Comment #29: Friday, July, 22, 2011 at 20:11:34

Jess @ Gone with the Words

That is very interesting! Even more that your husband enjoys the romance novels!



Comment #30: Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 15:34:01

Pussreboots

He doesn't read them exclusively but he sure reads more of them than I do.



Comment #31: Friday, July, 22, 2011 at 21:15:40

Nicki j Markus

The chart is a great idea! Thanks for stopping by my blog and I wish you a fun-filled weekend.



Comment #32: Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 15:35:11

Pussreboots

Glad you liked the chart. Happy reading.



Comment #33: Friday, July, 22, 2011 at 22:16:20

April

Hopping by to say hello and wish you a wonderful weekend!



Comment #34: Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 15:39:21

Pussreboots

Hello.



Comment #35: Friday, July, 22, 2011 at 23:02:32

Lari

I can't get into romance either. I'm a new follower and hopping through! Please stop by my following post here and return the lurve with some follow back action if you don't mind. :)

Have a fabulous weekend!



Comment #36: Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 15:40:30

Pussreboots

Welcome to my blog. Thank you for the follow!



Comment #37: Saturday, July, 23, 2011 at 01:14:29

Cara

I've been trying to get into short stories more lately, but I always seem to want more from then once they're over!



Comment #38: Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 15:52:11

Pussreboots

The majority of the short stories I read are from The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.



Comment #39: Saturday, July, 23, 2011 at 03:38:56

Bookgirl @ My Book Addiction

Thanks for stopping by my blog and have a great weekend!



Comment #40: Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 15:54:33

Pussreboots

You're welcome.



Comment #41: Saturday, July, 23, 2011 at 12:09:43

Christin

Thanks for stopping by my blog - I'm an old follower here. Love the pie chart! And I agree with you - I can't read regular romance novels either. I prefer romances to have a paranormal/fantasy twist.

Hope you have a great weekend!



Comment #42: Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 15:55:20

Pussreboots

Like you, when I read romance it's usually mixed up with something else.



Comment #43: Friday, July, 22, 2011 at 22:19:24

Ashley Suzanne

Thanks for stopping by Ashley Suzanne. I am returning the favor :]



Comment #44: Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 15:57:21

Pussreboots

Thank you.



Comment #45: Saturday, July, 23, 2011 at 19:56:48

Peggy

Great pie chart again! Stopping by from Pawing Through Books.



Comment #46: Monday, July 25, 2011 at 10:57:35

Pussreboots

Thank you and welcome back.



Comment #47: Saturday, July, 23, 2011 at 21:03:08

Bekah

Hi, thanks for stopping by page 317! Cool blog!



Comment #48: Monday, July 25, 2011 at 10:59:10

Pussreboots

You're welcome and thanks!



Comment #49: Saturday, July, 23, 2011 at 23:21:31

Chelle

That's funny that your hubby reads romances! I love it. Nice pie chart!



Comment #50: Monday, July 25, 2011 at 11:01:32

Pussreboots

I tease him about it from time to time.



Comment #51: Sunday, July, 24, 2011 at 00:29:31

Rachel

Thanks for stopping by on my blog! What a great idea to have a pie chart. New follower! :)



Comment #52: Monday, July 25, 2011 at 11:03:02

Pussreboots

Welcome to my blog. I hope you like it.



Comment #53: Sunday, July, 24, 2011 at 00:35:05

Mickey @ imabookshark

I agree. I'm not all about the historical fiction either! LOVE the pie charts! ;o)



Comment #54: Monday, July 25, 2011 at 11:06:03

Pussreboots

This week was fun seeing what we like and don't like. Glad you liked the pie chart.



Comment #55: Sunday, July, 24, 2011 at 10:24:11

Michelle from Pineapples & Pyjamas

Thanks for dropping by... and I LOVE your pie chart - makes me wonder what mine would look like :)



Comment #56: Monday, July 25, 2011 at 11:06:03

Pussreboots

If you make a pie chart leave a link to it.



Comment #57: Sunday, July, 24, 2011 at 17:30:31

Meg @ A Bookish Affair

I didn't start reading romances really until I started book blogging!



Comment #58: Monday, July 25, 2011 at 11:14:13

Pussreboots

Funny how blogging affects our reading.



Comment #59: Monday, July, 25, 2011 at 02:21:44

Lauren

I love your pie charts.
Thanks for stopping by.



Comment #60: Monday, July 25, 2011 at 11:15:22

Pussreboots

Thank you and you're welcome.



Comment #61: Monday, July, 25, 2011 at 02:36:46

Grace

I love the idea of a pie chart although mine would likely be way too concentrated in the romance genres.

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm an old follower.



Comment #62: Monday, July 25, 2011 at 11:16:23

Pussreboots

I'm glad you liked the pie chart.



Comment #63: Wednesday, July, 27, 2011 at 22:35:28

Anja Kasap

I like the chart - very interesting! I don't like romance novels either, but I can enjoy historical fiction if it's done properly - it's easy to make it dull, I think.



Comment #64: Friday, July 29, 2011 at 15:23:23

Pussreboots

I am very picky about what little historical fiction I read.